Episode 18: News Roundup, Open Source AI, and Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

We’re preparing for Las Vegas, ChannelCon, hot weather, and a swarm of grasshoppers! Stay tuned for our next episode – to be recorded live in Vegas.

We start this episode with a little catch-up on technology news. This includes massive profit increases for Alphabet (Google) and Amazon, the $5 Billion fine of Facebook, and Apple’s purchase of Intel’s smartphone modem technology. Of course we have opinions on all of this, with some thoughts on how all of this might affect IT service providers. And somewhere along the way we comment on the merger of of T-Mobile and Sprint.

Quick note on ChannelPro graphic mentioned: Find the link at https://www.channelpronetwork.com/download/who-owns-who-managed-services. The PDF link is https://www.channelpronetwork.com/file/34885/download – You’ll need to be logged in to download that.

Topic Two is about Artificial Intelligence and Microsoft’s commitment to open source AI. From there we explore AI in general, how much is real, how this affect related technologies, and some speculation on who to bet on.

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Topic Three: What small change can you propose that would make a huge difference? Case in point is the proposal to reconfigure airline seats so the “middle seat” gets an armrest.

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How do you help your clients with the little things that separate you from the competition?

Homework assignment: The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor.


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